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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
			              MISCELLANEOUS.                369

But the "boys" at Delaware, always alert,
Concluded to wave the Republican shirt,
And "have a time," as they all said,
By painting the old town a glaring red.

Then they advertised both near and far;
They leased a press and chartered a car,
To bring the speakers from the Capitol town,
Where all were engaged, from Governor down.

The papers were crowded, the town was billed,
Until every bulletin-board was filled
With this request, in letters bright,
Come hear the Governor speak tonight.

But time rolled on, and evening's shade
Brought out the boys in grand parade.
The streets were lined with great and small,
Whilst thousands gathered at the hall.

The house is filled with brave and fair-
The band strikes up a lively air.
On rostrum seated, wise and great,
But "wheres the Governor? is he late?"

He has not come, he is not here,
Is whispered round from ear to ear;
Where is the man to take his place?
Who? who will dare this audience face?

Just then, there steps before the scene,
Arnett, the loyal man from Greene;
A shout goes up throughout the crowd,
With cheers for Arnett, long and loud.

With quiet, unassuming mien,
He opens up in mildest strain,
But grows in eloquence and power,
Whilst acting Governor for an hour.

With fair and honest words, but true,
He held all parties up to view;
Reviewing their acts in peace, and war,
Whilst he was acting Governor.

For Arnett and victory we offer three cheers;
The people would trust him, aye, even for years,
Instead of an hour, as executive chief,
For his reign was as bright and brilliant as brief.
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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3

Volume:  06
Issue Number:  03
Date:  01/1890


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